Not All Heroes Wear Capes

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By Avianna Lambert

A new service club makes its debut at Highland High School. Hero Club was started by Richard Ballena to help people in need. Ballena got the idea for the club during his internship at the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. The main creed of the club is to help all and anyone in need of assistance.

Not only will it help those in need, but the members of Hero Club benefit from their service too. Hero Club teaches students teamwork and good leadership skills. All the work they do goes towards community service and colleges love these types of activities.

I interviewed Makeen Yasar, a member of the board and Hero Club’s Media Manager, and asked him why he joined Hero Club. He responded, “I’ve been friends with Richard since freshman year. He asked me if I wanted to be apart of his board for the club. After seeing his enthusiasm and compassion for what he wanted to do, I wanted to be a part of that. It was an opportunity to help other people.”


When asked about some goals he hopes Hero Club will accomplish this school year, Yasar replied, “Of Course the big event will be the one in the Childrens Hospital. We hope to carry out other events like ‘Saddle Up’ which is therapeutic horseback riding for kids with mental disabilities. We hope to do beautification for the school. We also want to volunteer at the Special Bulldogs Prom and provide entertainment, possibly through our group’s acappella group. The most important thing is that we are willing to take suggestions for possible service activities.”

After hearing about this acapella group I had to ask what he meant. Yasar explained, “The board wanted to incorporate the gift of music in the club, so we created an acappella group. The music director is Tyler Martin and at some of our events we want to put a smile on the children’s faces. It also serves as a way for people to get interested in the club. We’ll perform at pep rallies and raise money for the club through the performers.”


“Hero Club, is an acronym for ‘Helping Everyone Reach Out’. Hero’s are usually seen as a sign of hope. Individuals that want to help other people. After searching on Google for club names and joking about calling the club ‘Thot Club’ we knew that naming the club Hero Club would bring hope to those who needed it most. Because hero’s aren’t superhumans. In the real world they are ordinary people who can make a difference,” Yasar said.

The next hero meeting is September 30th during after school for the board and possible board members. The next official Hero Club meet is on October 3rd during both lunches. At B lunch they meet in room 125, at A lunch they meet in room 207. Do you want to be a Hero?